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11 Weirdest Psychology Findings That Confirm What You Always Suspected
There are times when you come across a research study or other scientific publication which simply affirms something you have known or suspected for a long time. Trust me, it is more common than you think, and there are a number of things which common sense/gut instinct knew long before lab tests confirmed it.
Here is a list of a few of such things:
1. Narcissists do not have much self esteem
Psychologists have been saying this long before scientists decided to test it out. Narcissists and their arrogant behavior can be explained if you think how utterly hollow they must feel really. Hence, to make up for their shortcomings, they stick to drama and crave flattery to validate themselves.
2. Compulsive thinking aids depression
Anytime anything goes wrong, our first reaction is to think everything we could have done different. It only leads to more regret and that triggers our depression. It is hard to not ruminate about bad experiences, but sometimes it is vital that we take our minds off such thoughts.
3. Lips are the first, and most often the only thing, that men notice in a woman
Also, half the time is spent on gazing at her lips, no kidding. Add red lipstick to the mix and that is quite literally the only thing men will pay attention to. Common contenders for attention, such as hair or eyes, don’t even get 1 complete second each in the first 10 seconds of observation. So ladies, instead of putting so much effort on your hair, just utilize a splash of red.
4. Saffron is in fact a better antidepressant than Prozac
Unless it is a severe case of clinical depression, saffron has been proven to be a safer, effective and clinically tested alternative for treating depression than any pharmaceutical variant currently available. It might take up to 6-8 weeks for you to notice the effects, but is definitely worth a shot.
5. Hairy and brainy are directly proportional properties for men
Now this might not be something that women think about much, but men with body hair, especially in the chest region, have been shown to be smarter and more intelligent in comparison to their smoother counterparts. Having said that, till now, a hairy chest is not a prerequisite for gaining knowledge so don’t let that bring you down.
6. If you want to avoid Alzheimer’s later in life, moderate your sugar intake now
There is a little known enzyme in our body which goes by the name of Macrophage Migration inhibitory Factor, or MIF in short. This enzyme helps fight Alzheimer’s and, as you might have guessed by now, is damaged with the presence of excess sugar in our system.
7. The more intelligent you are, the better dancer you’ll make
Apparently, being intelligent also means that there are certain skills imprinted in your brain, one of which is impeccable timing. Such people are also better at managing their time, solving problems quickly and planning ahead.
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8. Cheaters have a hard time at being intimate
Those who have cheated on their partners, or are likely to do so in the future, actually avoid attachment. They struggle bonding with their partners because of this intimacy block. Many studies relate these problems to traumatic experiences in childhood, mostly involving the primary caretaker.
9. Vegetarians are more likely to be depressed
Twice as likely in fact. This doesn’t mean that not eating meat is making them sad. It is just that their diet might naturally lack vitamin B12 and Omega 3 fatty acids. On the other hand, they eat more nuts as compared to non-vegetarians, which has Omega 6 fatty acids, which has been linked to depression in other studies.
10. Even small amounts of alcohol intake is enough to shrink your brain
Men and women, studied over a 30 year period, with MRI scans as proof, all lead to the confirmation that even moderate alcohol consumption is enough to shrink your hippocampus, which is a brain part dealing with memory and spatial navigation.
11. One question which can help you navigate through troubles in your relationship
Every time there is a conflict in your relationship, all you have to do is take a deep breath and think about your position in a year from now. This technique makes people look at the bigger picture and be comparatively more adjusting and forgiving towards their partners.